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Dog Breeds

A Guide to Doberman Pinschers

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If you’re considering adopting a Doberman Pinscher, look no further than this guide! We have everything you need to make important decisions about their care, including basic information about this breed, grooming tips, nutrition advice, and much more. If you have any questions after reading this guide, email howdy@embarkvet.com and our award-winning customer service team...

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Dog Breeds

A Guide to Golden Retrievers

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Affectionate, intelligent and devoted, Golden Retrievers are a distinctly lovable breed. Their sweet disposition makes them superb companions! If you’re considering bringing a Golden Retriever into your home, we have all the information you need to make informed decisions regarding their care. We’ve included details about this breed’s physical characteristics, playtime needs, grooming tips, nutrition,...

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Dog Breeds

A Guide to Great Danes

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Are you thinking of bringing a Great Dane home? There’s so much to learn about this gentle giant, and we’re here to help. We’ll explore this breed’s physical characteristics, nutritional needs, playtime tips, and much more. At the bottom of this guide, look for our comprehensive list of all the health conditions we test for...

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Dog Breeds

A Guide to Basenjis

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Have you ever had a Basenji in your family before? Are you welcoming a new Basenji puppy into your home? Whether you are simply looking for more information on Basenjis or are brand new to this breed, you’ve come to the right place. This guide to Basenjis was compiled with new dog owners in mind,...

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Dog Breeds

A Guide to German Shepherds

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Loving and dependable, the German Shepherd Dog (commonly called the German Shepherd) would make an excellent addition to any family. If you are considering bringing a German Shepherd into your home, we have all the information you need to make informed decisions regarding the care of your new pup. We’ve included important details about this...

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Dog Breeds

A Guide to Australian Shepherds

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Australian Shepherds are easygoing and playful dogs. Whether you just welcomed one into your home or are thinking about it, you’ve come to the right place. This guide to Australian Shepherds will provide all the information you need to properly train and care for your new furry friend. This guide was compiled with new dog...

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Health Conditions

Your Dog Has a High Chance of Low ALT. Should You Worry?

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Every Embark test screens ALT activity (via a GPT genetic variant)– one of several values your veterinarian measures on routine blood work to gauge your dog’s liver health. To best leverage your dog’s GPT result in his or her health care, it’s important to understand how your vet can use this clinical tool to establish a baseline...

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Health Conditions

Exercise Induced Collapse: A Story of Jake Frisoni

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When Roberta Frisoni (and her pup Jake) opened an e-mail on the 15th of July, her heart slowed to a crawl. Although she hadn’t heard of the condition before, the words “Exercise Induced Collapse” sounded serious enough to cause concern. What does this mean? Will Jake be okay? What should I do? EIC is a...

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Canine eye screenings explained

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Genetics is part of the puzzle when it comes to canine health testing prior to breeding. An eye screening exam is one of the most common physical (phenotype) health tests for dogs. Responsible breeders aiming to produce healthy puppies will conduct annual eye testing on both parents prior to breeding. Testing both parents is a...

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Health Conditions

Fanny’s Unique Story About Vitiligo in Dogs

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Fanny (@fannyasfresh) is a Bernese Mountain Dog who tells a unique story about vitiligo in dogs. Fanny might have a rare condition called vitiligo. Her owner shared on Instagram that Fanny’s black fur started changing color when she was 3 or 4 years old. The color change started on her head, gradually at first, and...

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Health Conditions

Low-Rider Dogs Are at Greater Genetic Risk for Type I IVDD—Now We Can Test for It

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 Type I Intervertebral Disc Disease, or a slipped disc, is common in numerous dog breeds, and it’s now part of Embark’s health panel.   We’re pleased to announce that as of today, Embark’s genetic health screening includes the variant for Type I Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), often referred to as a slipped or herniated disc....

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Dog Breeds

All About Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

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Dogs make wonderful companions, but they can cause allergic reactions in some pet parents. Being allergic to a pet can lead to symptoms that range from mild to severe or life-threatening. It can also make bonding difficult. While some people take allergy medications to reduce their dog allergy symptoms, others don’t find relief and must...

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Dog Genetic Health

Common genetic diseases can affect all dogs, while specific genetic conditions can only be found in certain breeds. Our guide to dog breeds can inform owners about which DNA tests Embark tests for that are important based on breed.

Learn more with our resources that explain the symptoms and signs, and how DNA testing can confirm or rule out if your dog is at risk for genetic diseases. Some of the most common genetic conditions include Canine Ichthyosis, PRA, IVDD, and DM.